The Epoch technology was conceived and developed by Tasmanian, the late David
Sugden, an internationally recognised consulting
engineer and inventor.
He brought the
advantages of modern knowledge of dynamics,
production methods and materials to the 400-year-old design of the conventional violin, without
destroying its wonderful musical qualities and
He was urged on and
critically advised by Dr Jan Sedivka, then Master
Musician in residence at the Tasmanian
Conservatorium of Music and a world renowned
master violinist and teacher.
The Epoch technology is generally considered to be the only major change in violin design and technology since the Vasco Da Salo design of more than 400 years ago.
Today's Epoch team has never deviated from the Sugden design. The instruments produced today have a dynamic range about twice that of the standard
violin. Their increased resonance make them very
easy to play and to find the note.
The instruments are made in Australia and Australian materials are used, with minor exceptions. The design is patented and patents are pending.